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CBS News Monthly Poll #2, December 2000

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • CBS News
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • CBS News/New York Times Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Bush, George W.; Clinton, Bill; contested elections; federal budget surplus; foreign policy; Gore, Al; government spending; leadership; national economy; political issues; presidency; presidential candidates; presidential elections; presidential performance; public opinion; social issues; Social Security; tax cuts; vote recount; voter preferences; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This poll, conducted December 14-16, 2000, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. The study was conducted to assess respondents' interest in and opinions about the 2000 presidential election. Respondents were asked to give their opinions of President Bill Clinton and his handling of the presidency, foreign policy, and the economy, as well as their opinions of both candidates, Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush. Those polled were asked whether they participated in the last presidential election on November 7, 2000, whom they voted for, whether they were satisfied with the outcome of the election, and whether Bush legitimately won the election. A number of questions examined respondents' views about George W. Bush being president: what kind of president Bush would be, what worried them about Bush, whether Bush could be trusted to deal with all problems a president has to deal with, whether he cared about ordinary people, and whether he would be able to lead the country effectively, work with members of both parties, improve education, reduce costs of prescription drug coverage for seniors, reduce taxes, and strengthen and reform Social Security. The survey also queried respondents on the most important things they wanted Bush to accomplish, the way the Bush and Gore campaigns handled the election, how much trust they had in the United States Supreme Court, if they approved of its decision that stopped the manual recount in Florida, the effects of the presidential election controversy on American democracy, whether the vote count in Florida was fair and accurate, whom voters in Florida intended to vote for, and whether Gore withdrew from the race at the right time. The poll also elicited respondents' views on the economic situation in the country, the tax cut proposal, the budget surplus, federal funding to reward schools that improve students' performance, increase in defense spending, and a proposal that would allow individuals to invest a portion of their Social Security savings on their own. The survey also collected information on respondents' use of computers and the Internet. Those polled were asked whether they had access to a computer and to the Internet, and if so where, and if they had an e-mail address, whether they shopped on-line, whether they bought gifts during the 1999 and 2000 holiday seasons on the Internet, and if they were going to do so in the future. Internet shoppers also compared the on-line and store shopping experiences. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, education, race/ethnic identity, voter registration, political party affiliation, political orientation, marital status, number of children in the household, and household income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2000-12
  • 2000-12-14 / 2000-12-16
    Collection date: 2000-12-14--2000-12-16
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the United States aged 18 and over having telephones at home.
A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH [Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963]).
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3231 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

CBS News (2001): CBS News Monthly Poll #2, December 2000. Version 1. CBS News/New York Times Poll Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.